When you grow up with a sunken chest and you are told that you have Pectus Excavatum, it is normal to wonder why you have it and no one else in your family. Is Pectus Excavatum really a hereditary deformity?
It is now known that more than 40% of people with Pectus Excavatum also have a family history of a thoracic deformity. Even so, experts are still studying the frequency of the different formulas with which the so-called “sunken chest” is expressed in order to determine to what degree genetics has an influence when we talk about this pathology.
More specifically, the reality is that Pectus Excavatum is a genetic malformation of the chest, which is expressed as a concavity in the thorax with a hollowed appearance, what we commonly refer to as a sunken chest. This sinking of the thorax, in fact, is a consequence of this genetic malformation, which causes several ribs along with the sternum to grow abnormally, until the chest sinks.
Whether you are the first member of your family with this deformity, or you have a family history of the same or another chest malformation, nothing prevents you from correcting it with an extrathoracic implant such as the Pectus Up®. The definitive solution developed by Ventura Medical Technologies for all types of patients and asymmetries. Since each body has its own needs, the important thing is to focus on what type of intervention and care benefits your body the most. Know for free the possibilities of your case.